Gros Ventre Cellars High Country Red Gamay and Pinot Noir
Regular price $23.00
Winemaker: Chris and Sarah Pittinger
Appellation: El Dorado, California
Grape Varieties: Pinot Noir, Gamay
Chris and Sarah Pittinger started Gros Ventre in 2009, shortly after getting married in 2008. They met in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and after a long-distance relationship which saw Chris traveling and making wine in California, New Zealand and Australia, they finally settled down in Healdsberg, California where they now live with their two young children. The name for their winery is two-fold: in Jackson Hole they met near the Gros Ventre River, and Gros Ventre is French for big belly, which is most appropriate as Sarah was pregnant with their first child during the inaugural vintage! Chris and Sarah are also passionate about strengthening their local community and the environment through charitable giving, events and donating the profits from the sale of many of their wines: they not only talk about the importance of environmental conservation and protectionism, they put their money where their mouth is.
2018 is the third vintage of Gros Ventre's charming High Country Red, — a blend of 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Gamay —and has the highest percentage of Gamay in it to date. In the glass, the wine shows a brilliant, light garnet color with ruby highlights. Intense aromas of ripe strawberry, raspberry and pomegranate explode from the glass, mingled with a savory, spicy-herbal undertone. Flavors of crunchy and juicy red berry fruits positively burst on the palate alongside an added floral complexity, complimented by a fresh, invigorating acidity and soft, gentle tannins that balance the wine to perfection as it seamlessly flows into a multi-faceted, refreshing finish. I've never found a California wine in this style with as much flavor and character as Gros Ventre's High Country Red, especially at a price like this! You can enjoy the wine on its own with a slight chill, though it would pair beautifully with a classic roast chicken with all the sides or dry-rubbed pork chops.